Forthcoming Fantasy and Science Fiction books in 2015

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kenubrion

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In July there are 3 series that are getting their last installment.

The Price of Valour (The Shadow Campaigns, #3) by Django Wexler July 7th
Half A War (Shattered Sea, #3) by Joe Abercrombie July 28th
Queen of Fire (Raven's Shadow, #3) by Anthony Ryan July 7th

I wanna pick one to read, but which one out of these 3 had the best two first books in your opinion?
Alucard, I was going to say read them as they come out but both Wexler's and Ryan's come out on the 7th which mean the tie goes to Ryan. Now if you haven't read the first two of any of these then start with Ryan. I haven't read the other two series yet which means start with Ryan. So Ryan it is! That was easy.
 

Ryan W. Mueller

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Abercrombie is surely in top 3 of my fav. authors...other two being GRRM and Neil Gaiman or the prince of darkness himself how I like to call him. So I don't think we're on the same page here lol

I think I will go with Blood Song. More people on my GR list have read it than Wexler and all of them liked it.

Thanks for all the advice.
It's not that I don't like Abercrombie. I just have a lot of other writers I like better (Wexler and Ryan among them). Both Wexler and Ryan have a fair amount of grittiness in their worlds, but they manage to balance that out with characters that are easier to root for than Abercrombie's. I know that some people can read anything if they find the characters interesting. For me, having interesting character helps, but if there's no one I want to see succeed, I don't enjoy the book as much as I could have.
 

Sir Arthur

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I think I will go with Blood Song.
Good choice! Blood Song is one of my favorites, and I'm reading Tower Lord right now. It's a great book. Ryan is the real deal. I like the switch to multi POV it's only a few characters and they are well written, interesting folks. I'm really looking forward to Queen of Fire. Imagine, a talented author, who can write a trilogy in a reasonable amount of time!:wideyed:
 

Alucard

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I know that some people can read anything if they find the characters interesting. For me, having interesting character helps, but if there's no one I want to see succeed, I don't enjoy the book as much as I could have.
For me, it helps when I can root for them but if they are interesting and intriguing I don't have to have that. Speaking of rooting for characters I never had a problem finding one to root for in any of Abercrombie's books. I'm suspecting you did? Thing is I dont need a good guy to root for, or mostly good either. I'm a big succker for anti-heroes and even villains if they have some sympathetic quality to them. I don't need much. Most of the time I find pure good guys or mostly good guys boring to read about.

Good choice! Blood Song is one of my favorites, and I'm reading Tower Lord right now. It's a great book. Ryan is the real deal. I like the switch to multi POV it's only a few characters and they are well written, interesting folks. I'm really looking forward to Queen of Fire. Imagine, a talented author, who can write a trilogy in a reasonable amount of time!
It's very encouraging to hear continuous praise for a book. I hope I will like it as much as you guys.
 

Alucard

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Silvion Night

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Aah, okay. @TomTB: thinking about pre-ordering this? It's got dinosaurs! Not sure what to do though as Dinosaur Lords was such a let-down.
 

Ryan W. Mueller

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For me, it helps when I can root for them but if they are interesting and intriguing I don't have to have that. Speaking of rooting for characters I never had a problem finding one to root for in any of Abercrombie's books. I'm suspecting you did? Thing is I dont need a good guy to root for, or mostly good either. I'm a big succker for anti-heroes and even villains if they have some sympathetic quality to them. I don't need much. Most of the time I find pure good guys or mostly good guys boring to read about.
With Abercrombie's characters, I actually liked Logen. He was probably the only reason I kept on reading at first (though I didn't care for his development toward the end of the trilogy). Jezal got better with time, but I could not for the life of me see what's so great about Glokta. In Best Served Cold, I thought a lot of the characters were funny, and I was curious to see how it would go. Really, that curiosity is what kept me going through the trilogy as well.

The thing is I don't have a thing against some antiheroes. I love Hari/Caine in Matthew Woodring Stover's Heroes Die. I love some of the antiheroes in Brent Weeks's books. There are quite a few others, but for whatever reason, Abercrombie (and most authors classified as Grimdark) just don't do it for me. I can enjoy the stories, but I rarely end up loving them like so many people.
 

Sparrow

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Are dinosaurs the new x factor in fantasy? Are they becoming a thing now?
Look what I have just stumbled up on internet



http://www.amazon.com/Battlesaurus-Rampage-Waterloo-Brian-Falkner-ebook/dp/B00R69XMIA

Granted it's middle grade level/ YA....but still lol
Still....I think I would rather read this book than V. Milan's.
It's much worse than that book... Dinosaur Erotica is bigger than any of us want to admit.:)
Last year on audiobook.com I had an extra credit to burn so I thought I might get my monthly fix of nonfiction and listen to a book on Evolution or perhaps Paleontology... so I entered 'dinosaur' in the search field... the dinosaur porn books outnumbered the dinosaur science books by at least 3 : 1. Well, being a curious lad I investigated exactly what was going on with this aforementioned unknown to me sub-genre. Wow, the amazing things a tyrannosaurus can do with his tongue.
 

Torack

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Good choice! Blood Song is one of my favorites, and I'm reading Tower Lord right now. It's a great book. Ryan is the real deal. I like the switch to multi POV it's only a few characters and they are well written, interesting folks. I'm really looking forward to Queen of Fire. Imagine, a talented author, who can write a trilogy in a reasonable amount of time!:wideyed:
I finished both Blood Song and Tower Lord and Ryan almost instantly became one of my favourite authors. I want that third book out already! I've also heard a great deal of hype over Queen of Fire so I'll definitely give that series a read!
Are dinosaurs the new x factor in fantasy? Are they becoming a thing now?
Look what I have just stumbled up on internet



http://www.amazon.com/Battlesaurus-Rampage-Waterloo-Brian-Falkner-ebook/dp/B00R69XMIA

Granted it's middle grade level/ YA....but still lol
Still....I think I would rather read this book than V. Milan's.
I'd seriously buy this. Just to satisfy my curiosity
 

Alucard

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Silvion Night

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Annomander Matt

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With Abercrombie's characters, I actually liked Logen. He was probably the only reason I kept on reading at first (though I didn't care for his development toward the end of the trilogy). Jezal got better with time, but I could not for the life of me see what's so great about Glokta. In Best Served Cold, I thought a lot of the characters were funny, and I was curious to see how it would go. Really, that curiosity is what kept me going through the trilogy as well.

The thing is I don't have a thing against some antiheroes. I love Hari/Caine in Matthew Woodring Stover's Heroes Die. I love some of the antiheroes in Brent Weeks's books. There are quite a few others, but for whatever reason, Abercrombie (and most authors classified as Grimdark) just don't do it for me. I can enjoy the stories, but I rarely end up loving them like so many people.
This is very similar to how I feel. Overall, I wavered between liking the Abercrombie First Law novels, to just trying to get through the stand alone novels so i could move on to something else lol

Logen was the only one I cared about at all. And while I get the appeal of a Glokta to for some people, I prefer my antihero types more like Jorg. Just my personal opinion. I also wasn't a huge fan of Logen in the other book he's in (don't want to spoil, buy if you can't figure it out in the first chapter I don't know what to tell you lol).
 
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YordanZh

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This is very similar to how I feel. Overall, I wavered between liking the Abercrombie First Law novels, to just trying to get through the stand alone novels so i could move on to something else lol

Logen was the only one I cared about at all. And while I get the appeal of a Glokta to for some people, I prefer my antihero types more like Jorg. Just my personal opinion. I also want a huge fan of Logen in the other book he's in (don't want to spoil, buy if you can't figure it out in the first chapter I don't know what to tell you lol).
I personally had a hard time liking both Glokta and Jorg. And I do love antiheroes usually, but they were both just too ... monotonous in their "antiheroism". Every chapter was the same, very slow character development (only read Prince of Thorns, can't bring myself to start the next one). Heck, even Frank Miller's Batman had some hearth-warming scenes every once in a while ...
But yeah, I did love Logen. I also liked several of the other characters so no complains towards The First Law from me at least. :)
 
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